Walk on the Wild Side

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Jacket: Michael Kors, Dress: Asos, Boots: Cole Haan

It was love at first sight when I saw these booties last weekend and I was lucky to get them on a killer sale – seriously, now is the time for boot shopping with all the end of season sales. The low heel and black suede accent keeps the leopard print from being too overwhelming, though in my book you’d be hard pressed to find such a thing (I’ve always had a thing for leopard print). I’ve never been one to shy away from all-black ensemble, especially in cooler weather, and I think a statement shoe keeps a monochromatic outfit from feeling flat.  I’ve also worn these booties with a white sweater and dark-wash jeans and even the simple upgrade from black boots made it feel like I’d put together an outfit rather than just thrown on the same old basics. Needless to say, I’ll be sad when I have to put these boots away for the season in a few weeks.

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4 Manicures for Early Spring

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  1. In my opinion, you can never go wrong with a red nail. This tomato red is a great update from the darker, moody reds we all favor in winter but isn’t so bright that it will seem out of place if a late winter storms hits.
  2. I love the star design on this manicure. The nude background and silver decals keeps it from feeling too juvenile, but I think it makes the classic nude manicure a little more eye-catching. Stars aren’t your thing? I think you could easily swap out another decal shape- just keep it monochromatic so that it doesn’t seem like nail art overload. Alternatively, this would also be a great idea for an accent nail.
  3. Light pink is great any time of year, especially if you prefer a more conservative look for your nails. This color is especially on-trend as ‘Rose Quartz’ was chosen as one of the Pantone Color of the Year for 2016. This manicure, with its cheery reference to spring pastels, can help get you through those last few weeks of winter.
  4. This shade is my current favorite nail polish. I wear variations on purple-grey tones on my nails throughout the year (I legitimately have about 5 different shades to choose from) but love the subtle shimmer on this color. In person, this color is a little more toned down.

 

Rocksbox

Posted by Caroline

imageLast Christmas my sister, Alissa, gave me one of the coolest presents I’ve ever gotten. She gave me a subscription to Rocksbox, a jewelry subscription that sends you 3 pieces to try for as long as you want, with the option to buy the pieces or send them back and get a new set. I’ve loved getting Rocksbox because it allows me to try out new jewelry trends, without any commitment. Some sets I just wear for a week and send back, while others I find pieces I absolutely love and end up purchasing. I also appreciate their attention to detail- with personalized notes in every box, how can you not?!

If you’re interested in trying Rocksbox for yourself, use the code carolinebff20 for a free month!

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Sweater Weather

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Sweater: J. Jill, Jeans: Levis, Boots: Report, Scarf: Johnsons of Elginton

One of my favorite parts about dressing for Fall is how easy it is to throw together outfits that are both cozy and stylish. Like many students, between the late nights studying and the long days of class, I’m guilty of often choosing comfort over style. In my opinion, an over-sized sweater always looks better than than a sweatshirt. Throw on a pair of boots and a scarf and it’s a put-together outfit that’s as comfortable as it is cute. Normally, I would go with leggings and flat boots over jeans and heeled booties, but with my entry into the real world fast approaching, I’m trying to slowly wean myself from my college wardrobe based around black leggings.

Thanks to my friend Jabria for the waterfall braid!

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Penny Boots

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Top: 14th & Union, Sweater: Loft, Leggings: PINK, Purse: Kelly & Katie, Boots: Sam Edelman, Watch: Loft

These boots by Sam Edelman (on sale now at Nordstrom!) are by far one of my favorite shoes I have in my closet. They are comfortable, come in wide calf, and are very versatile. I just about count down the days until it’s cool enough on campus to break them out.

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Pumpkin Tweed

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Sweater: J. Crew, Skirt: J. Crew, Boots: Dolce Vita, Bracelets: Alex & Ani

Fall is without a doubt my favorite season. I love the beautiful fall leaves, cooler weather, and the chance to wear sweaters again after several months of shorts.   I’ll even admit that I get excited every year when Starbucks brings the Pumpkin Spice Latte back (yeah, I know this is so cliche). I basically live in these riding boots from late September on and this tweed-esque skirt is the first fall item I pull out of my closet every year.

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Fun Bun

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Jacket: Forever 21, Shirt: Loft; Jeans: Loft; Boots: LL Bean; Sunglasses: J. Crew, Necklace: J. Crew

Over the weekend, we took the ferry over to Surry County with some friends to go pumpkin picking at College Run Farms. I wanted to keep my hair out of my face since I knew it would be windy, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try out the half bun trend that has been circulating the internet. It’s a little more stylish than a classic half pony, but paired with loose curls it still was relaxed enough for a Saturday outing. My friends deemed it the “fun bun” and I hope it’s a trend that stays. I love how easy it was to pull together and any hairstyle that still manages to look good through two ferry rides is a keeper in my book.

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Mint Julep

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Shirt: Free People, Shorts: Free People, Shoes: Target, Bracelets: Alex & Ani

Overall, I loved the plethora of historic homes in Charleston, both private and open to the public, but one of my favorites was the Nathaniel Russell House Museum. It was one of the last sites we stopped at and even though we were tired from walking around the city all day, my friends and I were blown away by the elegance of the late eighteenth century home. I took these pictures in the ridiculously green garden of the house (hence the white sticker on my shirt) where we stopped to relax for a few minutes after our tour. The garden even featured a joggling board, which is apparently a Charleston signature. After a disappointing home tour the day before, stopping at the Nathaniel Russell House was the perfect end to my weekend in Charleston.

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Spotted

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Shirt: Star Style, Shorts: Free People, Shoes: Target, Bracelets: Alex & Ani

My parents and grandfather were recently in town and we spent the day in Colonial Williamsburg.  Despite the hot and humid weather, it was nice to walk around CW- even though we get in free as William and Mary students, I don’t take advantage of that nearly as often as I should. I bought these shorts years ago in preparation for coming to Virginia for my freshman year (confession: it was the leopard print that drew me in) and they’ve remained a staple in my closet ever since. The subtle play of prints between the lace of the shirt and the leopard print of the shorts made an otherwise basic outfit a little more interesting. I kept everything else simple, mostly wanting to be as comfortable as possible for my day in Williamsburg’s Historic District.

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Embroidered

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Embroidered // Candid Statement

Dress: J. Crew Factory, Jacket: Loft, Shoes: J. Crew Factory, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelets: Alex & Ani and Master Craftsmen, Ring: Vintage

When I first saw the embroidery on this dress, I knew I had to get it. Naturally, I waited until it went on sale (J. Crew Factory is predictable in that way) and bought it along with the leopard flats for a little wardrobe update as I headed back to school. I wanted a way to give myself a little more shape with the shift dress, so I added the jean jacket.

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